Our political rivals can see Nawaz Sharif becoming next PM: Marriyum Aurangzeb


Marriyum Aurangzeb says PPP Co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari’s statement on elections was “encouraging”

PML-N Information Secretary Marriyum Aurangzeb addressing a press conference in Lahore. — Screengrab/Geo News
PML-N Information Secretary Marriyum Aurangzeb addressing a press conference in Lahore. — Screengrab/Geo News
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LAHORE: Amid attacks from its opponents, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Information Secretary Marriyum Aurangzeb has said that her party’s political rivals can see that Nawaz Sharif will become the prime minister after the February 8 elections.

Addressing a press conference in Lahore on Sunday, the former federal minister said that the PML-N’s manifesto will be to provide relief to the people.

“We have to rise above our personal interests. Our political rivals can also see that Nawaz Sharif will become the next prime minister,” said Marriyum.

Talking about the recent statement of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari on elections, the PML-N leader said that his statement on transparent elections was “encouraging”.

Zardari in a statement today said that he believes the country was moving towards transparent elections as he termed the present environment “favourable” for polls.

“The country is moving towards transparent elections,” he said.

The senior politician also expressed confidence in the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to ensure fair and transparent conduct of the elections, slated to be held on February 8 next year.

“We are not worried by any words or taunts we have to give relief to the people,” said Marriyum during the presser. She also added that her party had launched its political campaign on October 21 with the arrival of party supremo Nawaz Sharif.

Talking about her party president Shehbaz Sharif’s acquittal in the Ashiana-i-Iqbal Housing Scheme reference by a Lahore accountability court, the PML-N leader said that the former prime minister was vindicated once again.

Marriyum said that Shehbaz showed loyalty towards his brother and was accused of corruption in 56 companies. She also added that he was accused of harming the treasury with billions of losses.

The former minister said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan was imposed on the country due to the deliberate failure of the result transmission system, or RTS, in the 2018 elections.

“Today’s youth must know what kind of game was played and the people had to bear the brunt of it,” said the PML-N leader. She added that for five to six years a “game” was played with the opposition and justice system.

Pakistan, after a tumultuous five years, is approaching one of the most crucial general elections of its history, which are set to take place on February 8 next year.

Marriyum’s claims regarding the opposition in the press conference come amid allegations by the PPP and PTI that there was a lack of a level playing field.

The discourse around the lack of a level playing field has raised questions over the transparency and fairness of the upcoming polls.

PTI and PPP have repeatedly been complaining that they were being denied a level playing field in the run-up to elections and attempts were being made to pave the way for the PML-N’s return to power ahead of general elections.

PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, earlier this week, complained about his party never receiving a level playing field. The party has been persistently voicing concerns regarding the absence of equal opportunities to prove itself ahead of the polls.

Meanwhile, amid reports of minus Imran Khan elections, PTI has also accused the caretaker government of denying a level playing field. With the election drawing closer, the PTI chairman remains behind bars in Adiala Jail and the party’s leadership claims that they are not allowed to run electioneer.

It should be noted that the Supreme Court, on November 3, ordered the government to ensure the conduct of general elections on February 8, a day after President Arif Alvi and Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja unanimously agreed on the aforementioned date during a meeting held at the President’s House.

The court’s orders came during the hearing of multiple pleas seeking timely elections within 90 days of the dissolution of the assemblies.

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